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Eagle spreads its wings in the maker crossover market

Premier Farnell is recognising the growing commercial importance of the maker/hobbyist designer market through its CadSoft software business. CadSoft has revamped the licence options for its Eagle PCB design tool which clearly differentiates between the products used by amateur makers and those maker designers creating commercial products. Online distributors…

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Raspberry Pi becomes a laptop

We all know that Raspberry Pi is a useful tiny computer but now you can make it into a laptop PC with 13-inch screen and keyboard. Two developers have come up with the idea of combining the processing power of a Raspberry Pi with 3D printing to create a…

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Now you can buy the Raspberry Pi space sensor module

When Raspberry Pi is launched into to space very soon it will include an add-on sensor module which will be used to carry out experiments during the Astro Pi space mission. The module is called the SenseHAT and it can now be bought for £22.42 from Farnell element14…

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US maker gives Raspberry Pi monitor cam a PIR motion sensor

Adafruit’s Raspberry Pi blog in the US is becoming an interesting design projects and shows how the tiny computer which came out of Cambridge is being used by the US maker community. This camera monitoring system which is motion triggered described by Mark H Bishop on the Adafruit blog…

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Raspberry Pi gets new retro-gaming emulators

Raspberry Pi as a retro-gaming console is one of the dreams of the maker community, and as a result distributors RS and Farnell element14. One online community of hackers is doing just that and it is called the RetroPie Project. The project uses Raspbian as OS at the bottom…

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Flexible circuits can be 3D-printed, say Adafruit duo

Thanks to the Ruiz Brothers in the Adafruit community for this 3D-printed LED glove. We all like something that glows in the dark. The Ruiz Brothers came to my attention when they 3D-printed a sword from the Legend of Zelda computer game. For that they used a material…

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Smart watch designed from Arduino

Distributors love maker Arduino projects and so do I. But this is something special – a smart watch built from Arduino parts. According to developer in Brazil, who calls himself “benhur.goncalves” on the Instructables website, he has created an Arduino pedometer watch, with temperature and altitude sensing, and a compass…

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Raspberry Pi can be programmed with Mathworks MATLAB and Simulink

Students and six-formers can get their hands on MATLAB and Simulink design software. Farnell element14 has bundled the Raspberry Pi starter kit together with the MATLAB and Simulink Student Suite from MathWorks. This will introduce model-based block diagrams on the Raspberry Pi 2 using the professional grade Mathworks…

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